Several months ago I did a pinhole film swap with Square Peg Pinhole (you may recall). While I was shooting my roll of Portra, he was working on a roll of Acros to send to me. This would be my first black and white film swap! I really like the results! Here are my favorites from the roll. Again we used a Holga WPC on the 6x12 mask. The last photo in the gallery made Flickr Explore, which is always kind of an ego boost.
Craoni, also know as Tony, is a friend that I know from Flickr. I "met" him when he saw one of the film swap photos I did with Brendan. He was kind of blown away by the results and wanted to try it himself so I sent some film his way. I used Portra 800 and I really love the results of this film. I kind of feel bad that I "wasted" a roll of this film on a film swap because it is expensive and so wonderful. But it had been sitting in my closet for awhile and I felt like I needed to use it.
I am very happy with how these turned out! They have a very dreamy quality to them.
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I did another film swap with my friend Inge last month. This time around I sent a roll of film overseas to Inge. I shot my roll at Bagby Hotsprings, the day I write about in this blog post, actually. She decided to shoot the roll while she was on vacation in Germany. The results are really cool! Here are more of my favorites:
I met Inge via Brendan when I first saw the film swap they did together. I checked out her photography on Flickr and was all, "I need to be friends with this woman." We have a lot in common, film photography and tattoos being a couple of those things. I am glad that she felt the same way because I have really enjoyed getting to know her on Twitter and Facebook. Inge lives in the Netherlands and took her photos in Amsterdam. She shot her side of the roll with an Afga Optima. She redscaled the roll and sent it my way to Oregon where I re-shot it on a walk around Sandy one Sunday evening. My shots are upside down which made for some interesting effects.
The idea of Amsterdam vs Sandy makes me laugh a bit. Sandy is so small town and hokey. I love my little town, don't get me wrong. But it is. I thought it might be fun to contrast my small town with Amsterdam, which in my mind is this mythological utopia of liberal goodness (I have never been there but it is on my list of Places I Must Visit Before I Die).
You can see more of Inge's work on her Flickr.
The more I look at this photo (from the latest film swap with Brendan of Aware Of The Void) the more I love it. I kind of want it to be somebody's album cover. I kind of want to start a band so I can use this as an album cover. I will name the album (what else) Friday Wonder.
Here are some other faves from this round:
When I took the photo above I was feeling a bit brave. I thought I would take some candid ninja shots of strangers. Unfortunately this dude in the food cart gave me the most hostile look known to man. It kind of freaked me out, frankly. It may be awhile before I conjure up the courage to try it again. The photographer is Brendan whom I admire for being able to take candid street photos of strangers.
This is a shot of a couple getting married under the St. John's bridge in Portland. I happened to click the trigger the moment the couple kissed. I didn't mean to - it just happened to work out that way. Interesting when that happens. I like the way the foliage from Brendan's shot gives more more depth to the photo.
I like the birds.
If you are interested in doing a film swap with me let me know! It's lots of fun.
If I had to blame my obsession with film phtography on a person it would be my friend Nick from Spokane. Back in the days when we used to go on "Photorolls" with the Spokane Flickr Group (years and years ago) he was dabbling in film photography. And doing interesting things with it! Like double exposures and pinhole photography. I remember seeing his stuff and saying in my head (in all caps) "I WANT TO DO THAT."
Six years later and I am doing that. And I am having a blast.
Inspired by the filmswap I did with Brendan, Nick suggest that we do an Oregon/Washington film swap. I sent some film his way and he sent some film my way. You can see the results of the film I sent him on his Flickr. Here are a few of my favorites from the film he sent me. The film he sent was 20 years expired so that is why it is a bit grainy and has a blue-ish cast.
If you want to swap film with me let me know in the comments! It's fun!
I mentioned awhile ago that I am participating in Aware Of The Void's international film swap project. I finally sent some film his way a couple of weeks ago, he shot a couple of rolls and developed them this past weekend and the results are AMAZING. Honestly. The serendipity of the way some of the images are super-imposed is nothing less than, well, what is the word? Metaphysical? I don't know. This is what I love about art. I love how things just happen. Art is experienced, rather than explained. And there is no way to explain this with words, so why don't I just show you.
My part of it was shot here in Oregon, some of it on a walk to Wahclella Falls on the Columbia River Gorge. Some of it shot at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale. Brendan's side was shot in Dublin, Ireland. If you are interested in participating check out his really great blog, Aware of the Void! You can also find more of his excellent photography on his Flickr stream.